Modern Bathroom Design Ideas for the Next Generation

Modern bathroom design ideas to inspire you

The bathroom has come a long way in terms of its design, rising from its beginnings as a ratty structure separate from the actual house to its current spot as an often over-sized, spa-like oasis. Modern bathroom design ideas allow for all shapes, sizes and styles, letting the homeowner  impart their design sensibilities in fun, creative ways.

Some of the most impressive bathrooms embrace a modern design aesthetic, with sleek fixtures, cool tubs and fun extras. If you’re looking to upgrade your own bathroom with a contemporary for yourself or potential buyers, here are a few things to consider (click on photos to see more of these homes):

1615-17 Spruce St., #100, Philadelphia

1615-17 Spruce St., #100, Philadelphia

Faucets & Showerheads: A faucet is a simple thing, right? Wrong. The basic water delivery system has become a work of art in the modern bathroom. New designs can be wall-mounted, waterfall spouted, swan-necked, and activated by motion sensor. Equally exciting are new trends in showerheads, which can be ceiling-mounted, wall-mounted, rain shower, glass and even set to light and music, providing a little show while you get clean.

227-31 6th St., #1C, Philadelphia

227-31 6th St., #1C, Philadelphia

Bathroom Sinks: If you watch HGTV, you know that “his and her” sinks are a must for many buyers. But dual sinks aren’t the only option when it comes to improving your bathroom—they can be partially submerged or a vessel sink that sits on top of the vanity, for example. For a more minimalist look, consider a free-standing sink.

1932 Panama Street, Philadelphia

1932 Panama Street, Philadelphia

Bath tub & Shower: Since higher-end bathrooms are often larger than most Manhattan apartments, homeowners now have the space to break up the bathtub and the shower. Both features get a style upgrade by being adorned with natural stone or glass tile (or a combo of the two), and oversized, soaking tubs have become de rigueur.

227-31 6th St., #1C, Philadelphia

227-31 6th St., #1C, Philadelphia

Toilet: It may be hard to imagine, but modern toilets have been known to elicit the response “cool”. In addition to being sleek, new-age toilets often incorporate high-tech features, such as motion-sensing lids, deodorizers, heated seats, speakers and automatic flushing.

271 S 4th Street, Philadelphia

271 S 4th Street, Philadelphia

Flooring: Bathroom flooring runs the gamut for high-end marble tile to more traditional hardwood, but for an added touch, opt for radiant heating—your feet will thank you in the winter.

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